Vendors in China have been selling live animal keychains for years: small plastic bubbles containing trapped turtles, fish, salamanders and frogs.
CNN first reported on them in 2011, and The Dodo reported on them more recently. The little animals are suspended in toxic, brightly colored liquid, often along with beads and baubles, barely able to move.
The water supposedly contains oxygen and nutrients that can keep them alive for a few days, although such claims are doubtful at best.
Animal activists all over the world have protested the obvious cruelty of these "novelties."
Either the animals in the keychains die when the oxygen is depleted--or else they're released from their plastic tombs and become the "pets" of people who have no interest or knowledge to care for them.
There's also the emotional torture of trapping a sentient animal in a living grave.
This video shows a tiny turtle spinning and spinning as he looks for an escape he'll never find.
In a world where fur clothing abounds, where animals like pythons and crocodiles are killed to make boots and belts, and living beetles are covered in gems and worn as brooches, perhaps this cruelty shouldn't shock us as much as it does.
You can watch a video of the desperate keychain animals below, and sign a petition demanding that this practice be banned here.
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